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Gamethread: White Sox at Cleveland

Lucas Giolito aims to turn around the White Sox’s early starting pitching woes

MLB: Chicago White Sox-Media Day
Determination: Lucas Giolito is ready to find his 2019 form.
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The three-game series finale against Cleveland takes place tonight at 5:10 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (WGN radio for your car drive home). After being swept in last night’s doubleheader, the Chicago White Sox must avoid their first series sweep of the season, as they need to get back on track and begin to string together a few wins.

First, some early news:

Lucas Giolito is tasked with turning the starting pitching around. In his first appearance this season on Opening Day, Gio was rather shaky. In 3 13 innings, he gave up seven runs off of six hits (two home runs) and three walks. Of course, the middle defense also matched Lucas’s shakiness. The key for this game is to pitch a scoreless first and score an early run or two. Playing a winning ballgame is whole lot looser of a game and more fun than playing from behind.

Zach Plesac earns his first start of the season and stands in the way of the Good Guys turning around their early woes. In 2019, Plesac owned a 8-6 record in 21 games with a 3.81 ERA for his rookie season. He knows how to get it done, but how will he do in his first time out in 2020? Can the White Sox force a sophomore slump?

These Good Guys will try to score early and often:

Eloy Jiménez is back in the lineup! That is a great sight to see. Luis Robert is still in the seventh spot, but this lineup looks much more reasonable than last night’s.

Cleveland will send out this squad to rival our own:

Beau Taylor is the third catcher to play in this series for Cleveland.

Let’s salvage this early mess and go win ourselves a ballgame!